Included are some of the sources that I used for my research paper about where our world currently stand as of now regarding climate change. Majority of the sources are about what kind of events that occurred because of increase in global temperatures. They provide examples to my research about some of the damages that can not be undone. Some of the sources provide other information regarding what it is and what types of solutions there are.
In this article by Ahmed, he provides us with researcher’s discoveries on the profound decline in numbers of animals that are of great worth in our ecosystem. As mentioned in the article, a domino effect is currently in effect as climate change continues to be an issue. Critters such as bugs and bug eating species and down that chain is being affected globally. Species that were once abundant in different locations are now becoming endangered at a rapid rate. This article may be found useful for my project because it explains the disruption in our tropical food web due to the increase in global temperature. We are provided with statistical data, timeframe of temperature decline and observations of a decline in number of species. I would recommend someone to read this because it brings awareness to the issue of climate change and how it may begin to affect our ecosystem and our community. This article provides plenty of statistics that shows how insects in hotter environments are dying drastically. This source is also from a well-known science source, KQED, so the information on this website should be reliable. With this in mind, this article will show readers how the world is being affected by climate change. Humans aren’t the only ones living on this planet. There are many species like insects, birds, and animals. Extinction of one of these species can disrupt the entire food chain. It may look like something that doesn’t really affect us but we do need them in our ecosystems because these species do certain things for us that we don’t know about. If they start dying, then sooner or later, it will start affecting us too.
In this article by Borenstein, he talks about the amount of carbon emissions the world is currently having right now. We learn that China is the biggest contributor to the amount of carbon emissions. An increase in 4.6% since 2011. California is the only state in the whole world that is ahead of everyone in terms of lowering carbon emissions due to strict laws. In the last two decades, carbon emissions increased 55 percent globally. Everywhere all over the world are increasing their carbon emissions every year, with burning coal as the main culprit. This article is really beneficial to my assignment because it gives a lot of statistics in percentages that show how certain areas in the world are contributing to the overall global emissions. Using percentages will give a better understanding to the reader so they get an idea of how much our world is being affected. When reading these type of topics, people usually want statistics so it’s more trustworthy. Numbers can also be a lot more scary than just saying random things and it makes the evidence stronger. More people should read it so they can follow the footsteps of California, who are above their game.
Based on this article, Dan introduces us to a man that is a climate change skeptic. William Happer is a professor at Princeton University, and recently he joined the President’s office as part of the National Security Council. Happer doesn’t believe that climate change is doing us any harm, instead carbon emissions is actually good for us because plants need them. He states that there is actually nothing wrong with our climate and things like that. Our nation isn’t in danger. This article that I found is actually very useful for my essay because it supports my essay as a counterargument. For a topic like climate change, it is best to find an article about something or someone that doesn’t believe in this phenomenon. Also, his claims are easy to rebut since the claims aren’t supported by any evidence and they are just things people randomly say. Majority of the people are already aware of these problems but it’s because of skeptics like these that are in our government, there is no solution yet to address these problems. People should look into it so they can start doing things and implementing changes. We can’t let our homes be destroyed by ignorance.
In this article by Clark, she quotes the CEO of Nestle, Peter Brabeck, about another issue that people are ignoring. Instead of focusing on climate change, he thinks that water scarcity is a bigger problem and that it needs to be fixed first before fixing climate change. This is because of all the attention climate change gets from social media. Well-known people talk about it or make films, and their followers are more likely to listen and agree to it. He also talks about how many big companies are starting to invest huge sums of money to conserve water usage. Companies like Google or Facebook are using equipment that helps conserve more water. Also, water is getting expensive in certain areas. This article challenges my way of thinking and it goes against my topic. This gives my topic another perspective to look at so that when the audience reads it, they can have options to choose from and see which perspective they agree with more. Water scarcity is also an issue that affects millions of people and it needs a lot of attention as well from the public. Our planet is heavily polluted from air to water pollution. There is not enough freshwater to serve the whole population of people for many years to come. People should read more about it so they can start conserving the precious water they get. There are droughts around the world, including California. Although we are not in a crisis anymore due to the large amounts of rainfall we have been getting in the past two to three years. People should still start saving water and not waste it, regardless of if there is a drought or not.
This article by Denchak, talks about some of the many ways that we can do as individuals to help reduce the amount of our own carbon footprint so that we won’t contribute as much to the already existing amount of damage that we are currently facing about global warming and climate changes. There are many things that we do in our daily lives that contributes to global warming and many do not know that it is happening because of ourselves. Some things include driving cars that run on fuel just to have fun in another faraway city, plugging in appliances when not in use, wasting food and water. Our everyday lives are run on electricity, which is powered by burning fossil fuels and when we waste energy we are adding more carbon emissions into our atmosphere. This article provides many ways in which anyone can start saving our planet Earth today by doing some simple things. There are a lot of strategies but these are some ideas that have great effect. People who care about this topic or those that want to start caring about our environment should read this so they get an idea about where to start. There are many options to choose from and there isn’t an order of which to start first. Whatever is available and accessible would be a great starting point.
Based on this article by O’Mara, some studies have shown that certain areas and seasons are getting warmer than usual. One thing that stood out to me is how this study by the AGU, have stated that there are hot days in winter and cold days during the summer. This is relatable because weather in San Francisco is always weird and not consistent at all. It wasn’t like this in the past, but in recent years, the climate has become really inconsistent. This article provides details about how studies have been performed to show how they reported data about how our climate is changing in certain regions and how our seasons are mixed up. It also show trends between the different months. People who should read this are those who are curious and those that wants information to see how things are changing. In certain areas like San Francisco, the climate can always change in a few minutes. Understanding this can better allow us to face the climate in the future since there is no current solution yet to climate change.
In this article by Phillips, it talks about how climate change is already starting to affect airports because of rising sea levels. Airports are usually built near the coast and whenever there is a storm, the airport can flood, which can shut it down. There are many U.S. airports in many cities that already have experienced some sort of problem with flooding. The temporary solutions to stop flooding won’t work in the long run, especially if we can see sea level rises in the near future. It can get a lot worse if it there isn’t a solution soon. This article provides first hand evidence of how rising sea levels is actually affecting us in some way. Many airports were cancelled and some equipment were damaged due to floods. This delays and cancels all flights so it’s important that they don’t because people are in need of things. This shows how global warming is advancing into our lives faster than we can do anything about it, and some not even knowing that it exists. Airports are important to everyone because not only is it for transporting people to different places, but also to deliver goods, mail, and maybe anything health related such as medicine. Most things are carried by planes for faster transportation so it’s important that airports are always running and in good condition. If there are no airports, no vacations to faraway places.
Rice, Doyle. “Coral Reefs are Bleaching as Global Waters Warm.” The Clarion Ledger, Jan 08 2018, ProQuest. Web. 28 Oct. 2018 .
In this journal, Rice explains the current status of our coral reefs. Majority of our reefs are already been bleached, therefore, they are either dead or dying. They become bleached because of global warming. The oceans cover majority of our planet, so they absorb most of the carbon emissions. Then the warm temperatures causes the microorganisms living in the coral reefs to be expelled, turning them white and forever colorless. This article supports my essay because it is a piece of evidence that shows some of the major damages that global warming and climate change has caused. Also, our oceans are one of the most polluted ecosystem. Everything ends up in our oceans and with the warming temperatures, sooner or later, there might not even be anymore species living in the ocean. People need to read this because they need to know what is going on with our environment. People need to care about the environment because it is how we live and survive. If anything major is significantly changed, then we are affected by it too.
In the article by Sengupta, it talks about how India’s summers are getting hotter and hotter. Eventually, it might be unbearable for everyone. Summer in Southeast Asia is known to be very hot but with global warming making it hotter, it is affecting the lives of people who live there. Many people have to work in hot weather to provide for their families even though it damages their health. They might be used to the hot weather but no one can stand more than 100 degrees. In addition, there are some accounts of people killed from extreme heat. Heat wave warnings damages the health of people living in countries where it can get too hot. There are many accounts where some people faint, experience fatigue and nausea, due to their bodies being too hot since it can’t cool down that fast. This can contribute to how global warming is affecting the lives of people around the world. Southeast Asia are popular tourist locations and people should know that there might be heat wave warnings. People might not be able to adapt to a new environment and this can affect their health since people can pass out from being too hot. Our bodies aren’t made for extreme heat. Reading more about this can allow people to better prepare themselves if they have to go to places that are extremely hot.
Based on this article written by NPR News, it shows a list of a few countries that may or may not be a part of the Kyoto Protocol, which is a treaty that each country promise to lower the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. It shows what some of the countries promised to do and also includes a short description about the status of each country and some information. It seems that a lot of countries promised to bring down the levels of greenhouse gases based on the country’s situation. The amount is set by the country’s overall state. Some countries rely on things that unfortunately releases a lot of carbon emissions. China for example, is the biggest manufacturer and the #1 biggest emitter in the world, but heavily relies on energy. China is not part of the treaty and doesn’t plan on lowering emissions. This article provides a lot of information on most countries. With this piece of information, people can see where the world is at now when talking about global warming and climate change. People should read this to see what each country is currently doing to tackle a worldwide situation. As they can see, the protocol is a failure because the countries haven’t done anything big to make any differences yet. This is why everyone should come together and start doing smaller things at once instead of relying on leaders that won’t even do anything yet.